Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher in talks to helm Sherlock Holmes 3

After taking over directorial duties for 20th Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY from disgraced filmmaker Bryan Singer and helming an Elton John biopic for Paramount, it’s been confirmed that ROCKETMAN director Dexter Fletcher is in talks to film SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 for Warner Bros.

One could say that everything is coming up Milhouse for Fletcher as of late, seeing as BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY sang to the tune of $903 million at the worldwide box office, while ROCKETMAN starring Taron Egerton (KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE) has shined and shimmered in theaters with a $175 million global gross thus far. It’s no wonder that Warners is looking to snag Fletcher for the long-rumored Sherlock threequel, which has Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law expected to return for more dangerous games.

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Penning the action-heavy mystery next time out will be NARCOS co-creator Chris Brancato, with Joel Silver, Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram reprising their roles as producers on the project. Meanwhile, Village Roadshow is also return as a co-producer.

As you’re likely to recall, the first two chapters of SHERLOCK HOLMES were directed by Guy Ritchie, who in recent times helped bring Disney’s live-action re-imagining of ALADDIN starring Will Smith to the big screen. Ritchie’s contributions to the Holmes franchise were a smash-hit for Warners, after both iterations had earned a combined total of over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Wow! Just imagine for a moment how many deerstalker hats you could buy with that kind of scratch. Or for that matter, some quality opium or pipe weed. What? You know full-well that Holmes is a partier, and if you don’t, you ned to ask somebody.

No other details concerning SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 have been deduced at this time, though we’ll be sure to let you know when more of the game is afoot.